Off-the-Beaten-Path: The World’s Most Amazing Hidden Island Gems Accessible an a Small Ship Cruise

Off-the-Beaten-Path, The World's Most Amazing Hidden Island Gems - Galapagos © Jakob Owens / Unsplash

It is no surprise that destinations like Saint-Tropez, Santorini, and the Bahamas count large numbers of cruise ships annually. These locations are often on many travellers’ bucket lists and are popular among tourists. But what about those hidden gems that only a few are aware of?

Here, we will go out of the ordinary and explore the islands that are in the most remote locations and are accessible only via a small ship cruise. Follow along to learn more about these exciting attractions that should be on your itinerary.


The Galapagos Islands are the real gem on our list. A visit to these islands is a special experience, filled with active exploration, abundant natural landscapes and wildlife, and unique environments found nowhere else.

You will have a chance to explore the lands that Charles Darwin once strolled on and observe its flora and fauna. Darwin called the archipelago “a world within itself,” which will be later known for its greatest masterpiece, “The Origin of Species.”

If you want to explore your adventurous side, you can snorkel with the sea life and enjoy underwater delights like green sea turtles, playful sea lions, and tropical fish. Then, you can book a bird-watching tour and see species like the boobies and finches among the rest.

If you plan on visiting the Galapagos, we’d recommend checking some private cruises and choosing the one that suits your needs.

Thursday Island

Thursday Island is a peaceful paradise in Sydney, Australia, where you can plan your perfect getaway. It’s located on the northernmost point in the Cape York Peninsula and is a haven of natural beauty and inexplicable charm. The island is part of the chain of Torres Strait Islands, hosting the 19th-century Green Hill Fort and the sprawling views of the surrounding islands.

Thursday Island is also known as T.I. among the locals and is characterised by hot and wet summers. Thus, many tourists prefer visiting the island from May to September.

Besides the pleasant weather, many celebrations and festivals take place on the island during this period, like the Winds of Zenadth Cultural Festival. This festival brings together traditions, cultures, and customs from the Indigenous people and their ancestors, and tourists can experience Thursday Island’s culture at its finest.

Off-the-Beaten-Path: The World’s Most Amazing Hidden Island Gems – Corsica © Hendrik Cornelissen / Unsplash


Corsica Island is one of the most beautiful ones in the Mediterranean, hosting over 200 beaches and 1,000km of coastline. This island is known for its dramatic mountain peaks and warm climates, so many tourists decide to visit the natural beauty of the coastlines and enjoy magnificent views.

Corsica holidays are great in the summer period due to the perfect temperatures of 27 degrees on average and the amounts of sunshine you will receive throughout your stay. However, you can still visit Corsica in the fall season since it still has a pleasant climate.

Like most regions on the French Riviera, Corsica boasts incredible beaches with the most scenic views. Tourists are getting spoiled on the beaches in the Valinco Gulf and returning to their countries rejuvenated.

And if you want to soak up the views of rare plants and animals, you can visit the Parc Naturel Regional de Corse and see the Corsican red deer, hoofed mammals, and the mouflon. Some of these species are considered almost extinct, so hurry up and book your trip now!

Jicaro Island

Jicaro Island dots the waters of Lake Nicaragua and is known for its volcanic history that led to the formation of this island 20 thousand years ago. The immense biodiversity and the riches of the rainforest make Jicaro Island a desirable destination for many tourists.

It’s a hidden gem, lushing in flora and fauna. As a matter of fact, the island is home to native monkeys and 703 bird species. Pack your bags and visit this marvelous piece of land.

Off-the-Beaten-Path: The World’s Most Amazing Hidden Island Gems – Kyushu © Samuel Berne / Unsplash

Kyushu Island, Japan

Kyushu is located in Japan, and it’s known as the real land of fire. It hosts some of the most active volcanoes in the world and mesmerizing hiking trails from where you can see the blue crater lake.

Kyushu can be reached by ferry or plane. However, you can book a charter or a private cruise and visit it on a day cruise from Nagasaki. The island is covered by rainforests and populated with monkeys and deer. Additionally, you can see the oldest tree in Japan, Jomon Sugi, which is considered to be from 2,000 to 7,000 years old.

Enjoy The Ride!

Now that we’ve paved the path to exploring these hidden gems, it’s time to make that booking and find a cruise that will take you on a lifetime adventure. Whether you opt for a small or a large cruise, read the advantages of each.

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